Northfield Hospital & Clinics has been recognized with a 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Award for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes and vascular disease at its Northfield and Farmington clinics.
The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program recognizes improvements in patient care in clinics across the state. The program, run by the Minnesota Health Action Group, honors 276 Minnesota and border state clinics this year that have improved patient outcomes by at least 10 percentage points in the last year.
NH&C’s Northfield and Farmington clinics have spent several months revising and standardizing internal processes in order to improve patient care, especially in diabetes and vascular disease, which often occur together for a patient. Care navigator Kim Corbett works closely with the providers and staff to ensure that patients’ lab tests are kept up to date and they stay on schedule with office visits.
“These are the simple things that may otherwise be missed,” says Stacie Rice, Quality Improvement Specialist for Northfield Hospital & Clinics.
“It takes a certain amount of commitment and willingness to demonstrate excellence in the care we provide our patients,” Rice says. “Together as a team, we recognize that it is critically important to improve these outcomes to improve our patients’ quality of life.”
Established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2006, the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program uses publicly reported outcomes data to identify clinics that meet or exceed optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes and vascular disease.
“Clinics that receive rewards are doing an exceptional job in caring for their patients, and we applaud them for their commitment and results,” said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of the Minnesota Health Action Group.
To make an appointment at the Northfield Clinic, call 507-646-1494.
To make an appointment at the Farmington Clinic, call 651-460-2300.
For more information about Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, visit www.mnhealthactiongroup.org.